Still fresh, damnit!
- Oct 6, 2008
- Somewhere off the coast of the EU
I think that small think is the RS232 port personally. I don't have a use for it myself these days (last time I used a serial port was to connect to an external v90 modem I think), but if Matzezu's right and there are CNC shops with machines that still talk RS-232 and don't have an attached terminal through which you do everything on every machine, that might be a market for it. And I could well imagine a number of firms in this country with old server rooms where it might make more sense to talk rs-232 to a number of boxes rather than hooking up a USB keyboard and digital monitor to a box that's fallen off the network and needs a cuddle.Small details can mean a lot to some users.
I note this rs232 port actually has screw lugs to hold a DE-9 housing screwed to the laptop, which means maybe the envisioned market isn't the mobile fixer actually, and the idea is that a lot of users will want to wire this more permanently to something. I can't remember screwing in more than one of those even on pretty much permanently installed VGA or DVI connectors these days, but maybe it's a design win amongst serial users to have those, I dunno.